Yesterday's win against the Rays notwithstanding, the Orioles offense is still in a major slump, as are particular members of that Orioles offense. Each day, manager Buck Showalter is adjusting the lineup to try to get the best configuration that he can. Thursday's game brings another new look.
Facing White Sox lefty John Danks means that the O's go with their "against lefties" lineup - which is to say that Pedro Alvarez is once again on the bench, with Mark Trumbo the designated hitter, Nolan Reimold in left field, and Joey Rickard in right field. That's the same as it was yesterday.
What's different today is that Adam Jones is down to the #5 spot in the lineup. In the past five games, Jones has now been at every spot from 2-5. Don't expect Jones to bust out of his slump tonight. In 34 plate appearances in his career against Danks, Jones has reached base exactly twice. He got a single once and a walk once. That's a .059 OBP. Yikes.
As has been the case every other time so far this season, Matt Wieters gets the day off after catching the day before. This will be game #21 for the O's and their purported starting catcher has yet to catch on consecutive days.
The starting nine in support of Tyler Wilson:
1. Joey Rickard - RF
2. Manny Machado - 3B
3. Chris Davis - 1B
4. Mark Trumbo - DH
5. Adam Jones - CF
6. J.J. Hardy - SS
7. Nolan Reimold - LF
8. Jonathan Schoop - 2B
9. Caleb Joseph - C
A one day relegation for Jones, or will he be staying there (or lower) until he gets his act together? With a .548 OPS on the season, it's doing some harm to have Jones any higher unless he turns the ship around.
What do you think about the Orioles chances of winning, or at least breaking out of the team-wide slump, tonight?